The Badersee Blog

The Badersee Blog

Dear reader,
We are happy to welcome you in our Badersee Blog. Here you would discover a large choice of activities and destinations for your holiday in the Zugspitze area, as well as the current trends related to travel and hotels. Enjoy your reading and feel free to share our blogs with the others. Our editors are out in the nature all year round, you can find their impressions here in the Badersee Blog and in our Leisure Guide as well.

Leisure Guide

 

Badersee Blog Editors


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Sonja Wilms

Sonja is Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel am Badersee. She moved to Grainau in 2017 after she had worked for other hotels in Germany and abroad. Sonja loves to be outdoors in her free time, especially on long-distance trails, she has already 9 trails in Germany and Austria behind her. In this blog Sonja writes about hiking tours, local culture, MICE trends and everything around celebrations. She is sometimes in the mood for paragliding, paddling with SUP, rafting or canoeing, and she loves to try out unusual accommodations like the igloo village on Mount Zugspitz. You can also read her test reviews on skiing and toboganning on the local slopes.


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Polly Peskovsky

Polly is Online Sales & Marketing Manager at the Hotel am Badersee, so beside the Badersee Blog she is responsible for the whole hotel website. She relocated to Oberau in 2016 and is passionate about the Alps, mountaineering, nature and photography. In the Badersee Blog you would discover her reports on hiking trails, mountaineering, climbing, biking, paddling and wildwater kayak, alpine ski and skimo tours, as well as plenty of photos of our countryside. In her freetime Polly is a trainee at the Bergwacht Oberau.


Winter

written by : Sonja Wilms

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Sunrise on Mount Zugspitze

A sunrise has something magical about it - perhaps that ability to provoke delight in the heart of every photographer and nature lover. On holiday, you would mostly watch a sunrise at the seaside. Sunrise watching in the mountains is quite a rare opportunity, since you normally have to climb the summit on foot in the dark, or even spend a night high in the mountains. Here in Grainau you can watch a sunrise on Mount Zugspitze without any effort - a great offer for sunrise fans.

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written by : Sonja Wilms

Day Trip: Winter Hike Around Lake Barmsee

Lake Barmsee is a small lake in Bavaria, located in the outskirts of Krün, to the North of Mittenwald, with a size of approx. 1.12 by 0.49 km. Surrounded by the forest and alpine meadows, with the Karwendel mountains in the backdrop, the lake is a popular destination.

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Ski Mountaineering on Mount Wank

Along with hiking, family outings and public celebrations in summer and in winter, Mount Wank is a ski mountaineering destination during the winter season. Due to a relatively low avalanche danger, amazing panoramic views, a picturesque downhill slope and cozy chalets, a winter hike to Mount Wank is worth the effort. This tour is classified as 'moderate' with approx. 1100 vertical meters.

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Ski Tour to Stuibenhütte Chalet & Avalanche Rescue Training

This ski tour is a popular easy winter hike in the Garmisch Classic ski area. It's a perfect tour for beginners, and you can go this route on snowshoes as well. A visit to the Stuibenhütte can also be combined with a day on the slopes in the Garmisch Classic ski area or with longer winter hikes.

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Winter Tours in Garmisch-Classic Ski Area

The lockdown back in 2020/21 has led to a new boom in skimo mountaineering. Ski lifts and cablecars were closed, so many skiers switched to ski mountaineering and discovered this trendy winter sport. The Garmisch Classic ski area in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a perfect entry point for those who want to try ski tours in a safe and uncomplicated way. Even if the ski area is a bit crowded.

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written by : Sonja Wilms

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Easy Winter Hikes with a View!

Snow and frost turn the local landscape in the Zugspitze area into a true winter paradise!

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

Grainau Winter in Film

What does it look like, a perfect winter holiday? A video is worth a thousand words.

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

Day Trip: Ski Tour to Mount Scheinberg (1929 m)

Mount Scheinbergspitze, or simply Scheinberg, is located in the Ammergau Alps between Plansee and Oberammergau. This route is rated among the most avalanche-safe ski mountaineering classics in Bavaria. With some 1000 vertical meters and 3 hours of ascent, the tour is classified as 'moderate'.

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written by : Sonja Wilms

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Tobogganing on Mount Zugspitze

You can experience the ultimate snow fun on the slopes without even having to put on your skis or snowboard on. How? Try out the toboggan runs on Mount Zugspitze. That's exactly what we plan to do today.

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written by : Sonja Wilms

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Winter Hike with a Visit on Mount Zugspitze

It snowed overnight and the day promises sunshine along with a breathtaking winter landscape that opens up from the window at the Hotel am Badersee. So, put your shoes on and discover the winter magic on a circular route that first goes to Mount Zugspitze and then down to Lake Eibsee by cablecar and back to Grainau on foot.

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

The Alps 'For Dummies': Safety in Alpine Terrain for Beginners in Winter

This article was written in cooperation with the Mountain Rescue Service of Grainau (Bergwacht Grainau).

Winter attracts millions of tourists and winter sports enthusiasts to the Bavarian Alps. The snow builds the foundation for a unique alpine winter experience in the Zugspitze area. Here a few safety tips for those who spend their winter holiday on the slopes, as well as off-piste with ski mountaineering or snowshoeing.

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Autumn

written by : Sonja Wilms

Day Trip: Hohen Peissenberg - Pilgrimage with a View

If you once traveled through the Pfaffenwinkel area, you definitely noticed the mountain with a prominent church on it, which stands out on the relatively flat surrounding landscape with its almost 1.000 meters height. What makes this mountain a popular tourist attraction and what was the vision of the Bavarian prince-elector Max III, who introduced this place at the international level?

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Summer

written by : Sonja Wilms

Day Trip: Wieskirche, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies - Bavarian UNESCO Heritage Site

The Wieskirche, or the Pilgrimage Church of Wies, is one of the most visited churches in Germany with visitor numbers exceeding 1 mln annually. No wonder that tourists from all over the world are willing to visit the church, which is a pretty rococo gem framed into a splendid nature landscape. It is also no wonder that the Wieskirche was admitted on the UNESCO World Culture Heritage List in 1983.

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Paddling Lake Eibsee

Lake Eibsee is one of the most famous and picturesque alpine lakes. You can walk the circular trail around the lake, here you would discover plenty of small bays for bathing and lying in the sun. On hot summer days a spring in the cool blue water (never warmer than 18 degrees centigrade!) is a very special pleasure. Even when the trails around the lake are very busy on sunny days, on the water you can still enjoy lots of space and quiet. Therefore our tip for today: paddling!

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Circular Hike in Wetterstein Range over Hochalm (1.705 m) and Hell Valley Gorge

Our today's hike for experienced alpinists starts and finishes in Hammersbach in Grainau. Along the alpine routes over Kreuzeck and Hochalm, following to the Hupfleitenjoch Saddle and further through the famous Hell Valley Gorge, you would discover the mountains in Grainau in all their beauty and enjoy the most picturesque sites.

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written by : Sonja Wilms

Spitzenwanderweg Trail - Section 3: Through the Partnachklamm Gorge from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Krün

Along its 25 kilometers the third Section of the Spitzenwanderweg long-distance trail in the Zugspitze Region offers multiple highlights and fantastic views. Starting at the foot of the famous Olympic ski jumping hill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, across the nature theatre in the Partnachklamm Gorge to the amazing panoramic views of the Wetterstein and the Karwendel chains, this is a way of nature wonders and discovery.

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

Day Trip: Experience Bavarian Tradition at the Glentleiten

A visit to the Open Air Museum Glentleiten is one of the best family trips you can make in Bavaria. During the whole summer season, 'from St. Joseph till St. Martin'  (in Bavarian 'von Josephi bis Martini') – that is, from 19th March till 11th November, - Glentleiten lets you experience the best of the Bavarian tradition. For big and small. Even in rainy weather.

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Spring

written by : Polina Peskovsky

Day Trip: Elmau by Bike

It will be a great sunny day today - a perfect one for a mountain bike tour. The weather allows for a longer tour, so today we will go to Elmau and then back to Lake Badersee. Biking alone would make for a half-day trip, but you shouldn't forget to calculate all the nice places to stop on the way...

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written by : Sonja Wilms

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: 10 Easy Routes With Panoramic Views

Mountaineering is not for everyone. Only the toughest have the endurance to walk uphill for hours. However, hiking should bring joy and make you happy, instead of being a prolongued torture making you unable to enjoy the day out in the nature. The Bavarian Alps in our area offer lots of opportunities to experience the mountains along light routes, enjoying great views and fascinating encounters with nature. Try out hiking with joy.

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written by : Sonja Wilms

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Hiking the Philosophers' Trail from Farchant to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The so-called Philosophers' Trail ('Philosophenweg') connects Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Farchant. On this easy, cosy hike you can enjoy the picturesque surroundings and great views all year round.

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written by : Sonja Wilms

Spitzenwanderweg Trail - Section 1: From Murnau to Eschenlohe

The Spitzenwanderweg Trail would be my tenth long distance trail that will definitely bring me a few more insights into the German natural and cultural landscape. It would be the trail with the highest altitudes as well, and I find this really impressive. However, the first sections are easy, so you can gradually gain tempo and get used to the trail.

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written by : Sonja Wilms

A Perfect Holiday in Grainau: Kramerplateauweg

What makes a perfect holiday? Taking into account the impressive choice of outdoor activities in our holiday region Grainau, it is sometimes not that easy to make a choice. In the first turn it is important who you are traveling with. This time my mother is there - 72 years old, an enthusiastic hiker as long as the trail is not so steep. It should be a trail that we can start directly from the hotel and preferably classified as 'easy'. After a brief search we decide to spend our day tomorrow on the Kramer Plateau Trail (in German 'Kramerplateauweg').

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written by : Polina Peskovsky

Badersee: The Lake and Its Nymph

Located just a few meters from the Hotel am Badersee, the tiny Lake Badersee is a real gem in the majestic crown of the Bavarian Alps, the Wetterstein chain. The lake lies idyllically in the Alpine landscape in the heart of an age-old mountain forest, just 3 kilometers from the Mount Zugspitze summit. Let us invite you on a tour of the Badersee!

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Well-Being

Parties & Celebrations

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A Fairytale for That Best Day

Once upon a time the Bavarian King Ludwig II came to Lake Badersee. He was so enthusiastic about the place that he wanted to build a castle here. Everyone who has heard about Kind Ludwig II would admit that he was very romantic by nature and chose the very best places for his fairytale castles.

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Romantic Winter Wedding at Lake Badersee

How beautiful a winter wedding at the Hotel am Badersee, surrounded by the breathtaking winter scenery, can be, shows our dream couple Lis & Mauricio from Brazil, that married here in a private ceremony at Lake Badersee.

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MICE & Coworking